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Patricia Petibon - Amoureuses


Release Date: 11/18/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4777468   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnWolfgang Amadeus MozartChristoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Patricia Petibon
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The bewitching Petibon can be justly proud.

French coloratura soprano Patricia Petibon has made her reputation through outstanding performances of French baroque music. In this her debut release for Deutsche Grammophon, Petibon shows her undoubted prowess in the Classical repertoire. All sixteen opera arias feature various women characters who are in love.

The varying moods of these arias certainly allow Petibon to display her considerable talents, particularly her artistry, dramatic facility and versatility. Her distinctive and bewitching voice has the exceptional ability to glide effortlessly through rapid changes of dynamics and her distinctive embellishments are frequently glittering. With noticeably
Read more elevated artistic standards the Montargis-born soprano provides considerable power and her diction is first class; yet remaining a model of finesse and sensitivity.

With the Haydn arias I especially enjoyed the interpretation of Flaminia’s aria ‘Ragion nell'alma siede’ from the opera Il mondo della luna (The World on the Moon) that aptly displays her agreeable yet highly individual ornamentations. The aria allows the soprano to demonstrate her range but seems less comfortable in the lower registers. One senses the frenzied anxiety of sorceress Armida in the aria ‘Odio, furor, dispetto’ and I was impressed with her breath control and expression in the high reaches of Euridice’s cavatina ‘Del mio coro il voto estremo’ from L'anima del filosofo ossia (The Soul of the Philosopher). There is blissful contentment in Silvia’s aria ‘Fra un dolce deliro’ from L'isola disabitata (The Desert Island) and her glide up to top notes is exceptional.

For me the highlight is Mozart’s beautiful concert aria, ‘Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio!’ ravishingly sung with the tessitura eminently suited to Petibon’s voice. The Queen of the Night’s challenging aria ‘Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen’ from Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is a highly convincing portrayal of intense vengeance burning in her heart. I compared Petibon with my benchmark performance of the aria from Lucia Popp - recorded under Klemperer in 1964 at the Kingsway Hall. In most respects Petibon can match Popp, although, I did notice a harder-edged timbre compared to Popp’s more silvery purity. The uplifting aria ‘Tiger! Wetze nur die Klauen’ from the unfinished opera Zaide is charismatically performed; especially notable is the splendid finale.

In the four Gluck arias I particularly enjoyed ‘Non, cet affreux devoir’ from Iphigénie en Tauride for the convincing sense of fear and anguish that the soprano communicates. The aria ‘Ah! Si la liberté me doit etre ravie’ from Gluck’s setting of Armide is sung with honeyed tones and a sense of deep yearning that contrasts with the terrifying and bitter emotions of the aria ‘Le perfide Renaud me fuit’ from later in the opera.

Patricia Petibon can be justly proud of this her debut recording for the prestigious yellow label. Conducted by Daniel Harding, Concerto Köln are an authentic instrument chamber orchestra who employ period informed practise in their performances. Providing orchestral support of the highest quality their eloquent playing feels most sympathetic to the music. The DG engineers can be proud of the excellent sonics from the Paterskirche at Kempen. The well written booklet notes are rather concise but cover all the basic information.

-- Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Il mondo della luna, H 28 no 7: Ragion nell'alma siede by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
2.
Lo speziale, H 28 no 3: Salamelica by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1768; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
3.
Armida, H 28 no 12: Odio, furor, dispetto by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783;  Eszterhazá, Hungary 
4.
L'anima del filosofo, H 28 no 13 "Orfeo ed Euridice": Del mio coro il voto estremo by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
5.
L'isola disabitata, H 28 no 9: Fra un dolce deliro by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
6.
Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio, K 418 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
7.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Hölle Rache by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
8.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: L'ho perduta, me meschina! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
9.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
10.
Lucio Silla, K 135: Vanne, t'affretta...Ah, se il crudel by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Milan, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 1 Secs. 
11.
Lucio Silla, K 135: Fra i pensier piů funesti di morte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
12.
Lo speziale, H 28 no 3: Salamelica by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1768; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
13.
Iphigénie en Tauride: Non, cet affreux devoir by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
14.
Zaide, K 344 (336b): Tiger, Wetze nur die Klauen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
15.
Armide: Le perfide Renaud me fuit by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Il mondo della luna / Act 1: "Ragion nell'alma siede"
Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio, K.418
Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 2: "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 4: "L'ho perduta... me meschina!"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 4: "Deh vieni, non tardar"
Lucio Silla, K.135 / Act 2: Vanne. T'affretta ... Ah se il crudel periglio
Lucio Silla, K.135 / Act 3: Fra i pensier piů funesti di morte
Lo speziale / Act 3: Salamelica (Scene 4)
Armide / Act 2: 29. "Venez, secondez mes désirs"
Armida / Act 2: "Odio, furor, dispetto"
L'Anima del Filosofo (Orfeo ed Euridice) - original version / Act 2: Dell mio core il voto estremo (Euridice)
L'isola disabitata / Part 1: "Fra un dolce deliro"
Iphigénie en Tauride / Act 4: Scčne 1. Récitatif. "Non, cet affreux devoir"
Armide / Act 3: 30. "Ah! Si la liberté me doit ętre ravie"
Zaide, K.344 / Act 2: "Tiger! wetze nur die Klauen"
Armide / Act 5: Le perfide Renaud ... Quand le barbare

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